15 days in Illinois Itinerary

15 days in Illinois Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Illinois trip planner

Make it your trip
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Chicago
— 5 nights
Drive
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Galena
— 1 night
Drive
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Ottawa
— 2 nights
Drive
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Springfield
— 3 nights
Drive
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Makanda
— 2 nights
Drive
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Alton
— 1 night
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Chicago

— 5 nights

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Chicago is known for museums, parks, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago, enjoy breathtaking views from 360 Chicago Observation Deck, walk around Millennium Park, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Lincoln Park Zoo.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Chicago trip itinerary builder website.

Kansas City to Chicago is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Kansas City in April, with highs in Chicago at 59°F and lows at 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to drive to Galena.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Galena

— 1 night
Galena is the largest city in and the county seat of Jo Daviess County, Illinois, with a population of 3,429 at the 2010 census. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): sample the fine beverages at Blaum Bros. Distilling Co., contemplate the long history of Ulysses S. Grant Home, then make a trip to Galena Veterans Memorial Park, and finally stroll around Grant Park.

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Galena travel route builder tool.

Traveling by car from Chicago to Galena takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. April in Galena sees daily highs of 56°F and lows of 36°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to travel to Ottawa.

Things to do in Galena

Breweries & Distilleries · Parks · Historic Sites

Ottawa

— 2 nights
Ottawa is a city located at the confluence of the navigable Illinois River and Fox River in LaSalle County, Illinois, United States. Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): take an in-depth tour of Bureau County Historical Society Museum, then appreciate the history behind Bureau County Soldiers and Sailors Monument, then sample the fine beverages at Whiskey Acres Distilling Co., and finally walk around Washington Square Park. On the 12th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the history behind The Middle East Conflicts Wall Memorial, then see the interesting displays at Westclox Museum, then examine the collection at Reddick Mansion and Gardens, and finally center your mind and body at SaltTreeYoga.

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Traveling by car from Galena to Ottawa takes 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 60°F in April, and nighttime lows around 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Springfield.

Things to do in Ottawa

Museums · Spas · Breweries & Distilleries · Parks

Side Trips

Springfield

— 3 nights

Flower City

Springfield is the capital of Illinois, but its real significance is as the hometown of Abraham Lincoln.
Springfield is known for museums, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, look for gifts at Scheels, make a trip to Lincoln Tomb & War Memorials, and pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.

For other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Springfield vacation maker website.

Getting from Ottawa to Springfield by car takes about 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 65°F in April, and nighttime lows around 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can travel to Makanda.

Things to do in Springfield

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Makanda

— 2 nights
Makanda is a village in Jackson County, Illinois, United States. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): immerse yourself in nature at Giant City State Park, then look for all kinds of wild species at Shawnee Bluffs Canopy Tour, then make a trip to Bald Knob Cross of Peace, and finally hike along Pomona Natural Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Cache River State Natural Area, look for all kinds of wild species at Henry N Barkhausen Cache River Wetlands Center, and then trek along Shawnee Hills.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Makanda trip website.

Traveling by car from Springfield to Makanda takes 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 67°F in April, and nighttime lows around 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to travel to Alton.

Things to do in Makanda

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Alton

— 1 night
Alton is a city on the Mississippi River in Madison County, Illinois, United States, about 15mi north of St. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): take a memorable drive along Great Rivers Scenic Route, then stop by Elsah General Store, and then admire the engineering at Melvin Price Locks and Dam.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Alton road trip site.

Getting from Makanda to Alton by car takes about 2.5 hours. In April in Alton, expect temperatures between 65°F during the day and 44°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Alton

Shopping · Scenic Drive · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Illinois travel guide

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Observation Decks · Parks · Art Museums
The Prairie State
The most populous state in the country's Midwest region, Illinois features a diverse landscape that includes both the enormous urban sprawl of Chicago and flat central plains, devoted almost entirely to farmland. With a great selection of things to do, Chicago is the state's centerpiece, featuring world-famous architecture and renowned museums. Farther away from this giant urban center, you can explore historical landmarks dedicated to local heroes Abraham Lincoln and Ernest Hemingway. The state also includes a prehistoric Native American site, one of only 20 World Heritage Sites in the United States, a unique feature well-worth adding to your itinerary.